- Associated Press - Saturday, September 20, 2014

RACINE, Wis. (AP) - A Racine man has been convicted in a 2006 beating that was so severe the victim lapsed into a coma for 18 months before he died.

A Journal Times of Racine report (https://bit.ly/1rahsQQ ) says a jury deliberated for less than four hours Friday before convicting 35-year-old Dale M. Patterson.

He was found guilty of first-degree reckless homicide. He faces up to 40 years in prison when he’s sentenced Dec. 12.

Prosecutors say Patterson attacked 42-year-old Michael P. Griffith outside a bar. Patterson allegedly body-slammed him, punched him in the face five times and kicked him in the head while he lay prone.

Defense attorney Mark Nielsen tried to point out inconsistencies in witnesses’ stories. He says one witness was cooperating with prosecutors only to get an unrelated federal conviction reduced.


Information from: The Journal Times, https://www.journaltimes.com

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